I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You is a mixtape exchange series in which you’re dropped into email correspondence between members of the MV staff. Today’s entry, our fourth, has Alan Miller and Nick Spacek exchanging Halloween-themed tapes, separated into two sides….The Fear and The Fun.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/10/31/i-made-this-for-you-4/

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Power pop band Berwanger's new album, The Star Invaders, comes out next week on Halloween. The new album features members of Broncho, Limbeck, Flaming Lips, Sam Cohen, and Eva Gardner (Mars Volta, Pink, Tegan and Sara).  This is a first for Josh Berwanger as it is his third album, marking the first

Source: www.cinepunx.com/Writing/josh-berwanger-plays-halloween-dj/

Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die

Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. — Ready to Die

“Your Discman may be obsolete these days, but a near quarter century later, Biggie’s first-person storytelling, boundless lyricism, smart sense of humor, and charming persona on Ready to Die are as relevant and affecting as ever.”

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/10/20/vinyl-review-the-notorious-b-i-g-ready-to-die/

Tracklisted…with Civil Youth

Tracklisted…with Civil Youth

Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangements while you read a few words about the selections.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/29/tracklisted-with-civil-youth/

Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Los Angeles label Blank City Records was formed this year by Marc Sallis, former bassist for the Duke Spirit, and Brandon Burkart, of The Saint James Society. The label specializes in releasing music to flexis made from vintage medical x-rays, à la Russian roentgenizdat bootlegs from the ’50s and ’60s. The Blank City x-ray flexis are playable on standard record players, with the label focusing primarily on developing and releasing music from L.A. artists. The label’s first release was The Saint James Society’s Covered In Blood EP, which sold out in less than 24 hours.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/29/interview-marc-sallis-blank-city-records/

Vinyl Review: The Architects — Border Wars

Vinyl Review: The Architects — Border Wars

Combining two EPs into an LP is a risky proposition. Depending on how far apart in time they were recorded, and the attending differences in lyrical, musical, or thematic content, you could end up with a 12-inch which has two uncomfortably different sides. Even when packaged as one collection of two separate records, you can end up with something like Courtney Barnett’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, where the year and a half between the first disc, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, and the second, How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose, show a distinct turn.Â

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/18/vinyl-review-the-architects-border-wars/

Review Roundup: Tidal Waves Music’s Link Wray reissues

Review Roundup: Tidal Waves Music’s Link Wray reissues

With Tidal Waves Music’s reissues of three early Link Wray releases — 1971’s Mordicai Jones, 1972’s Be What You Want To, and 1973’s Beans and Fatback — the label is opening up the iconic guitarist’s music beyond just the swampy instrumentals Wray recorded with the Ray Men in the ‘60s.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/19/review-roundup-tidal-waves-musics-link-wray-reissues/

Interview: Brian McOmber (It Comes At Night)

Interview: Brian McOmber (It Comes At Night)

Brian McOmber’s resume as a composer may be quite recent — the vast majority of his work having come in the last three years. However, his musical career is much longer, having performed as the drummer for the Dirty Projectors from 2007’s Rise Above through 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan. He’s come to greater attention over the summer for his score to the Trey Edward Shults thriller, It Comes At Night. Digitally, the score was released concurrently with the film, and it’s as tense a listen as the film is a watch. It’s out today on vinyl, via Milan Records, so we spoke with McOmber via Gchat about his compositional process.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/01/interview-brian-mcomber-it-comes-at-night/

Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Exclusive Spin: Prom Queen’s ‘Blonde’ & interview with Leeni Ramadan

Prom Queen’s upcoming album, Doom-Wop, is a continuation of the sound the Seattle group has honed on their previous two releases. However, per the band, it’s different, and more of an album that “celebrates the ensemble that we’ve built over the last few years.” That camaraderie has been “built from the ground up,” they state, and it really shows. If you’ve enjoyed the darkly mysterious versions of the girl-group sound Prom Queen has explored on Night Sound and Midnight Veil, then you’ll likely adore Doom-Wop, an album to which I’ve returned again and again since it showed up in my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/31/exclusive-spin-prom-queens-blonde-interview-with-leeni-ramadan/

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July – On the Plains

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July - On the Plains

Breezy and seemingly effortless, the 10th anniversary vinyl edition of Fourth of July’s On the Plains comes just at that point in the summer where the heat’s left everything baked dry, while all you really feel like doing is sitting around and listening to music while you cool off. Maybe you’re dancing to the opening cut, “Be Careful,” while trying not to knock things off your coffee table. Or maybe you’re leading group singalongs to “Surfer Dude,” but you’re definitely drinking a tasty beverage and probably bumming cigarettes off your friends, even though you totally plan on quitting when school starts back up in a couple of weeks.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/28/vinyl-review-fourth-of-july-on-the-plains/